I'm the first Mage born in 200 years. I've turned a city into an island, erected a barrier around an entire country, and awakened a war hero from a 200 year old slumber. Prophecies have marked my coming. Kings and nations have begged for my aid in times of peril. I hold the power to create and destroy nations. My name is Rhebengarthen. To my friends and family, I'm just Garth. The world knows me as the Advent Mage. And despite the rumors that you might have heard about me, this is what really happened.
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A story for a younger audience
I liked the narration but did found the story very simple with a bland plot. Kids might like it though.
I liked the horse Night who could talk, but found the constant complaining of the young colt, was overdone. The entire scene of feeding and caring for the baby Night seemed silly The constant references to remember to thank his mother for being a great mom and the on going inner dialog about how hard it was to put up with the brat colt was tiresome. .
He did a great job with the taking Nightmare creature.
The plot was so thin, I don't see it as a movie.
this story seemed like a poor copy of the great work, of L. E. Modesitt Jr. and his seven book series which I love.
I did like the book King Slayer, by this author, and wished that this book had been a sequel to that story.
- Texas Artist
I can see why he/she got so many rejection letters
I don't blame the narrator, I blame the author for giving the narrator such bad material to work with.
A book that didn't start off with a big, fat Dues Ex Machina in the very first 10% of the first chapter.
What I got form the cover was that the main character was going to be teh greatest mage in the world. I thought the book would detail his growth into that position. What the author gives us instead is a shortcut to this greatness.
The "Jaunten" are a race that passes knowledge down through the blood. So whatever the persons ancestors knew they know. No this isn't a spoiler, it's spelled out within the first 10 pages or so of the first chapter. Our protagonist meets Jaunten and they trade blood. Ta-da! Instant suped up main character without any need to actually grow into the role of the advent Mage.
Have a better novel to read. Honestly the narration suffered because the writing was just horrible.
The entire scene where our main character meets the Jaunten. If the author's resorting to these sorts of shortcuts in the very beginning of a book they really should restructure the plot.
I have the impression the narrator was trying to go for a Asian accent of some sort for our protagonist but he just sounded like he was constipated. An Asian accent would have been understandable given names of people(s) and places. The narrator just can't do the accent justice though.